The Knicks won’t begin any coaching quest until they find out if their season is over, according to sources.
This could happen as soon as Friday evening, if Commissioner Adam Silver finalized a format to restart the season following a conference call with the team owners.
If the NBA reports all 30 teams or only 24, the Knicks will be led by interim coach Mike Miller. Anything different and team president Leon Rose can do a coaching quest that will still include Miller, who is well-liked by the organization and figures who will somehow return.
The Post reported on May 8 that the league’s insiders believe that former Bulls and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is the favorite. On Wednesday, Athletic reported that former goalie coach Kenny Atkinson is expected to receive an interview.
Atkinson has been linked to the opening of the Knicks since he was fired from the Nets in March before the season was suspended.
The advantage of Thibodeau wishing to return to New York is that the defensive magician has already worked with Rose as a client of the Creative Artists Agency. Some insiders believe that Atkinson could adapt better than Thibodeau because it is said to be more suitable for a younger list that is being rebuilt.
As for The Post’s report on the Knicks, the Rockets and Nets they are interested in, Thibodeau said earlier this month on ESPN: “They are just rumors. And at this time of year, everything is on hold. Normally you would have openings and at the moment there are no openings. So you don’t want to speculate on what jobs they might open. This is what you have an agent for. Of course, at some point, he will see if there is an opportunity, whether it’s a good game or not. “